The Bronx judge who released an accused teenage gangbanger who was shot by cops is “agenda-driven” – and part of the reason crime is spiraling out of control, an angry law enforcement source told The Post on Saturday.
Camrin Williams, a 16-year-old drill-rapper known by the stage name C Blu, was let off the hook in the gun and assault case that the city’s legal department said Friday “cannot be prosecuted.”
Williams’ gun went off when he got into a fight with officer Kaseem Pennant outside a Belmont building in January. The policeman was hit in the leg and the teenager in the groin.
The case was dropped after Bronx Supreme Court Justice Naita Semaj – who has a history of allegedly letting violent teenagers loose – previously disputed the NYPD’s version of events and discredited an officer’s testimony about the arrest, which was linked to one of the Body cameras of the police officer were recorded.
“The fact that an agenda-driven judge made up her own facts and her own interpretation of what is clear in this video is another sign that the criminal justice system in the Bronx is broken,” the law enforcement source complained .
The NYPD condemned the decision to drop the case against William, noting the death of 11-year-old Kyhara Tay, who was allegedly gunned down by a 15-year-old gunman.
“The decision to dismiss the case is obviously a matter of concern,” Assistant Commissioner John Miller told the Post. “In a county where we have just been reminded by the death of an 11-year-old that the most serious problem is children shooting at children, the dropping of charges against a gang kid who used his second gun at arrested for shooting a police officer, bad news.”
The officer stopped Williams, a known gang member who had posted photos with guns on social media and who had been on probation on a gun possession count since May 2020.
“As he approached the person and asked them to stand still and take his hands out of his pockets, he took his hands out of his pockets, put them back in and continued to move backwards. The judge’s interpretation of this video recording was that the suspect complied. He did everything but comply,” the source told police.
He said Williams tried to get away with a loaded gun.
Williams was arrested in the Bronx aged just 14 for possession of a Tauris firearm, authorities said.
Semaj had claimed the bodycam footage showed Williams being relatively calm and cooperative throughout the encounter.
Semaj, a former nursing facility clerk who went on to study law, joined the Supreme Court bench in January 2022 and has already sparked controversy in multiple cases.
In February, she allowed two suspected juvenile delinquents to go to court.
Semaj released 17-year-old Braulio Garcia, who is charged with murder, manslaughter and other charges alongside another teenager in connection with the death of a Good Samaritan on New Year’s Day, under supervision and despite prosecutors’ objections.
In another case, Semaj overturned another lawyer’s decision to set bail for a 17-year-old accused of attempted murder. The judge released Sharif Mitchell, who had been held on $30,000-$60,000 bail, on his own initiative and cracked down on prosecutors again.
In April, she dismissed a murder charge against 17-year-old Steven Mendez, who was accused of killing 21-year-old Saikou Koma last fall while he was on probation on another count.
She ruled that detectives made “problematic” and “inadmissible” statements during the grand jury trial, which outraged the victim’s family.
“What’s the matter with this judge?” Koma’s father, Amar Bully Koma, said. “If that was the judge’s son, or his nephew, or a relative, he wouldn’t let him go. The city, the mayor. If this was his kid, they wouldn’t let him go.
“They don’t care about us.”
Mayor Eric Adams defended officials following Semaj’s decision in March in Williams’ case.
“The decision to dismiss the case is obviously worrying. In a county where the death of an 11-year-old has just reminded us that the biggest problem is children shooting at children, the dismissal of charges against a gang kid who used his second gun at the shooting of a police officer, bad news,” NYPD deputy intelligence and counterterrorism commissioner John Miller said Saturday.
Additional reporting by Khristina Narizhnaya
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